The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
Vincent Read

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  • God is useful shorthand for many of us, but so is Goddess, Mind, Universe, Source, and Higher Power … The point is not what you name it. The point is that you try using it. For many of us, thinking of it as a form of spiritual electricity has been a very useful jumping-off place. By
  • Basic Principles 1.   Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy. 2.   There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life—including ourselves. 3.   When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the creator’s creativity within us and our lives. 4.   We are, ourselves, creations...
  • Ordinarily, when we speak of withdrawal, we think of having a substance removed from us. We give up alcohol, drugs, sugar, fats, caffeine, nicotine—and we suffer a withdrawal. It’s useful to view creative withdrawal a little differently. We ourselves are the substance we withdraw to, not from, as we pull our overextended and misplaced creative ener...
  • We begin to excavate our buried dreams. This is a tricky process. Some of our dreams are very volatile, and the mere act of brushing them off sends an enormous surge of energy bolting through our denial system. Such grief! Such loss! Such pain!
  • All that angry, whiny, petty stuff that you write down in the morning stands between you and your creativity. Worrying about the job, the laundry, the funny knock in the car, the weird look in your lover’s eye—this stuff eddies through our subconscious and muddies our days. Get it on the page. The morning pages are the primary tool of creative reco...
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